Translational Newbies: Awesome FREE Advice

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

Do you have great patient recruitment skills and not-so-cutting-edge tools to look at outcomes? Do you worry that your basic science model won’t hold up in a clinical trial? Do you have no idea HOW to do a large-scale clinical trial? Fear not! Science Magazine has offered an ALL STAR line up of folks who are […]

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Back to Her Roots: Natasha Halasa

Rebecca Helton, MA

By studying respiratory illness and acute gastroenteritis in young children, Dr. Halasa is improving the lives of children in both the United States and Jordan.

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The Recruitment Tool You Didn’t Know You Have

The Edge for Scholars

If you are based at one of 135 US institutions and you recruit human subjects, you need to check out ResearchMatch.org to find potential research participants from a growing pool that now includes 108,181 individuals willing to be in research.

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Sharing Data May Make It Less Accurate for All of Us

Rebecca Helton, MA

Lots of you work with big data that gets ever bigger.  Here’s something to chew on as you add more databases and studies to the pile. [Scientists are] finding that computer systems are quite good at storing and easing access to the enormous quantities of information they generate. But comparing and synthesizing all that data, […]

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Finding Signals in the Noise: Todd Edwards

Rebecca Helton, MA

Discovering meaning in a massive amount of random-seeming data is nothing new to Todd Edwards, PhD, a genetic epidemiologist.  His career has made meaning out of many disparate parts, beginning with six years in the US Army as a Print Journalist, pre-med and biology classes in college, and a job in biotech developing kits to […]

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Marathon Running, Marathon Research: Dawn Newcomb

Rebecca Helton, MA

For Dawn Newcomb, PhD, writing a grant is like running a marathon.  As a veteran of six marathons since she moved to Nashville in 2007, she should know.  “You have to be in it for the long haul and pace yourself well,” she says.  She found the CTSD grant pacing workshops, which include a 16-week […]

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Working Backwards: Digna Velez Edwards

Rebecca Helton, MA

Digna Velez Edwards, PhD, can’t remember never doing science. Whether through research initiatives or attending science programs as a child, she always sought to feed her love of nature and observational science. After working in a zebrafish lab as an undergraduate student, she hoped to find an area of study that was more translational, which […]

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Understanding Asthma: Kecia Carroll

Rebecca Helton, MA

As the most common chronic diseases of childhood, asthma and other allergic diseases represent a “substantial burden on children in terms of quality of life, missed school days, and impact on the family in terms of financial costs as well as having to miss work,” according to Kecia Carroll, MD, MPH.  As a pediatrician who […]

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Big Numbers, Big Ideas: Pingsheng Wu

Rebecca Helton, MA

Pingsheng Wu, PhD, likes playing with numbers.  She combs through large amounts of data, such as hospital records and surveys, seeking the causes of disease.  Although she has worked with data related to several diseases, her current research centers on asthma.  No primary prevention strategy exists for asthma, so in determining the causes of this […]

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What Would You Do If You Could Do Anything? Jeremy Veenstra-VanderWeele

Rebecca Helton, MA

“As scientists, we can be like kids playing in a sandbox,” says Jeremy Veenstra-VanderWeele, Division Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.  “We’re building things, trying to understand how things go together and doing experiments, but that can only sustain me for so long.  I really need to tie the science to the people.”  The children […]

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